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Frequently Asked Questions

When are applications due?

The deadline for graduate nursing program applications is March 1 for admission in the fall semester.


Where can I find an application? Where do I send my application materials?

Applications are completed entirely online through the Hunter College Office of Graduate Admissions website. Please refer there for more information about the application process.


Is part-time study available?

Yes, in fact most of our graduate students attend part-time, although a few attend on a full-time basis (12 or more credits per semester). For some specializations such as the Gerontological/Adult NP master's program, full-time study is not possible due to factors like course sequencing, prerequisite requirements, and clinical preceptorship requirements.


I have an associate's degree in nursing. Can I apply to the master's or DNP program?

No; applicants to our graduate programs must have at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a current New York State RN license. If you are an RN without a baccalaureate degree, you may want to first look into our undergraduate RN-BS program.


I am not an RN, but I have a bachelor's degree in a field other than nursing. Can I apply to the master's or DNP program?

No; applicants to our graduate programs must have at least a baccalaureate degree in nursing and a current New York State RN license. If you are not an RN and you have a bachelor's degree in another field, you may want to look into our accelerated second-degree program or our generic undergraduate program.


How much nursing experience do I need before applying to one of your graduate programs?

Though it varies by program, we generally advise gaining at least one year of nursing experience before applying. Many of our students have at least two years of experience before beginning graduate study; some have more. For our NP programs, we will consider an applicant with less experience if she or he plans to continue working as an RN while in school.


What kinds of roles does your Gerontological/Adult NP program prepare me for?

Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioners engage in primary care (vs. acute care) in their role as providers of direct health care services to adult and older adult populations. This includes practice in health promotion, health protection, and disease prevention. Our GANP program prepares graduates to practice as primary care clinicians working in ambulatory, community-based settings. Read about other advanced nursing specializations here.


I graduated with more than a 3.0 GPA from my undergraduate program, but I was not accepted into your program. Why?

For our master's programs, 3.0 is the minimum GPA required (for the DNP program, the minimum is 3.5). Some of our programs receive many more applications than we can accept, so applicants who meet the minimum requirements are not always accepted. We also take other factors into consideration—experience, recommendation letters, and the applicant's personal statement. Read about our admission requirements for our master's program and DNP program.

Please keep in mind that your GPA is computed based on grades from all post-secondary schools you have attended. Also, we look at your overall, cumulative GPA (all courses attended) and your GPA in your major—i.e., based on the nursing courses you completed.


Is the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) required for graduate admission?

No; the GRE is not required for our Master of Science (MS) or Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) programs.


Can I visit the school to find out more about your programs?

We hold an open house annually for anyone who is interested in applying to our programs, typically in the winter. Dates are posted on our website as soon as they are set.


How often during the week do classes meet on campus?

A course meets once a week on campus, unless it is designated as a 'Hybrid'. Hybrid courses replace between 33% and 80% of scheduled class meetings with online activities/meetings.


I want to arrange my schedule so that I am on campus just one or two days a week. Is this possible?

Many graduate-level courses are offered in the afternoons and evenings to allow students to attend more than one class on the same day. Clinical practicum requirements vary by program and semester and often require additional time off during the week to complete these hours. It is best to plan for at least one day off during the week, and two days off during the week when taking clinical courses. Rigid work schedules may present significant challenges with progression and/or program requirements.


Do you offer courses during the summer and winter (intersession)?

Yes, but our course offerings during the summer and intersession are limited. Course availability depends in part on faculty availability during these times. It also depends on whether a course is suitable to be offered over a shorter term than a full semester. The length of courses offered during summer and intersession will vary, but the majority of them meet twice per week due to their abbreviated timeframe.


Do you offer online programs?

Not at this time. Though many of our courses are offered in a blended/hybrid (partially online and partially face-to-face) format, none of our graduate programs may be completed entirely online.